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August 16, 2011 12:45:05 AM

This is my intended cheap gaming/browsing build and i was wondering whether there were any better altenatives at a similar price(considering the cpu price is going to decrease when the bulldozer cpu's are released anyways) or if their is any incompatability issues with any parts in my build. the budget is at most £540, and it also has to be from uk sites as shipping costs would be too much for me.(many prices rounded up to nearest pound).

(n) = novatech.co.uk (e) = ebuyer.co.uk

cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket =£96 (n)

Gpu:MSI AMD Radeon HD 6850 Cyclone OC =£125 (n)

motherboard:Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 880G Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard =£75 (e)

cpu cooler: coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler =£24 (n)
fans:
1x= COOLERMASTER BLADEMASTER CASE FAN 120x25mm Black PWM (for cpu cooler)=£12 (e)
3x= 120mm Blue LED Fan - 4pin Molex Connection(2 for top and 1 for rear of the case) =£7 (e)

case:Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window = £33 (n)

hardrive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM=£34 (e)

Ram:2 G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws Memory Module CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V =£23 each (e)

PSU:Corsair TX 650W V2 ATX2.31 80 PLUS® Bronze Power Supply = £61 (n)

dvd drive =Samsung SH-D163C 16x DVD-ROM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black =£12 (e)

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August 16, 2011 4:10:51 AM

That all works. Also try taking a look at Novatech UK, and Aria PC UK to check prices.
August 16, 2011 12:01:12 PM

thanks i was afraid the hyper 212 plus couldnt fit in the case .
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August 16, 2011 12:31:38 PM

Check http://www.scan.co.uk for prices also

I suggest a BD compatible MB as an upgrade path later... basically same price
Asus M5A97 AMD 970 AM3+ Motherboard £73.16 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-amd-970-am3pl...(x16)-ddr3-1866-2133-sata-6gb-s-raid-atx


PSU suggestion the OEM is Seasonic it is plenty to power your system and will save you £10
XFX PRO550W P1-550S-XXB9 Power Supply (PSU) Core Edition £49.91 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-psu-xfx-core-editio...


August 16, 2011 12:36:24 PM

The motherboard is a great addition.but would 550w psu still be good enough if i plan to overclock both my cpu and my graphic card (note i may get the xfx radion 6870 if the price decreases)?
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August 16, 2011 3:14:14 PM

Plenty of Power for over clocking and a bigger GPU.

A 6870 only draws 161W stock and about 215W OC'd a Newer 6970 will draw about 330'ish the rest of you system even OC'd won't draw more than 150-200W fully loaded.

the XFX has good +12V and +3.3V Rails
+3.3V@24A
+5V@24A
+12V@44A
-12V@0.5A
+5VSB@2.5A

August 16, 2011 6:15:41 PM

okey dokey i may try the xfx out even though 550w limits my expansion in the future,thanks =p
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August 16, 2011 7:35:15 PM

Pedd said:
okey dokey i may try the xfx out even though 550w limits my expansion in the future,thanks =p


the HD 6850 only runs at about 140W peak even CF they stay under 280W total at load. even another 200w for a supper OC'd quad core is still within the limits of the PSU. a 6870 pushes the envelope a little @ 320W load. if Crossfire is in your future for 6870's then go for the 650W you selected, if not then the 550w PSU will be fine for a single 6870 or 6850's in CF.

power charts for 6800 series GPU's
http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...
August 16, 2011 7:41:17 PM

hmm ill have to have a think then and read a couple of reviews as both psu's sound very appealing to me now.
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